Patient-Reported Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Why are They Important and How Should They Be Assessed?
Service de Rhumatologie B, Hôpital Cochin, 27, rue du faubourg Saint-Jacques, Paris, France
Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, outcome measure, response criteria, fatigue, pain
Patient reported outcomes have become increasingly important in the evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) over recent years. Besides pain and functional capacity, fatigue, sleep and wellbeing are also important for RA patients. We will discuss here the importance of patient-reported outcomes, different domains of health, and how to evaluate them, with a focus on questionnaires available in Turkey. (Turk J Rheumatol 2010; 25: 99-104)